Volkswagen is the first automaker to develop a digital customer magazine as an app for the Apple iPad. The “innovative” digital product – dubbed DAS for Digital Automotive Space – is appearing as the launch of the new Apple tablet computer proceeds across Europe.
It is just the latest example of the integration of automotive marketing into the computerized world, which is increasingly dominated by mobile devices.
Such devices represent a “distracted driving” safety threat, according to critics. In the U.S., it is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that almost 6,000 deaths occur each year and nearly 500,000 people are injured from the growing use of electronic devices in automobiles. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, recently called for a global initiative to end distracted driving.
Portugal already bans all cell phone use while driving, including hands-free. Thirty-two other nations, like 25 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, have anti-texting laws or handheld phone bans.